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If you are looking at implementing a Health Savings Account during this upcoming 2019 open enrollment season, you should carefully review the details of your existing benefit plan(s), in order to identify any issues and make any required modifications in advance when possible to preserve HSA eligibility.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Health FSA , HRA , Health Savings Account , Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts , Health Reimbursement Arrangements , HSA Headaches , Disqualifying Coverage , Qualified HDHP , HDHP , Rollover , Grace Period , HSA eligibility
On July 23, H.R.6199 Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 and H.R.6311 Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 were approved 8-4 in a party line vote by the House Rules Committee. During the proceedings, 2 amendments were offered and both failed. Consequently, the two bills moved on to the House floor. On July 25th under a closed-rule process, the H.R.6199 vote passed with bipartisan support in a 27...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HR 6311 , HR 6199 , HSA , FSA , HRA , House , Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 , Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018
For purposes of the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA), medical expenses are incurred when the employee (or the employee’s spouse or dependents) is provided with the medical care that gives rise to the medical expenses, and not when the employee is billed, charged for, or pays for the medical care. The only exception to this rule is orthodontia expenses that are reimbursed based upon contract payments for ongoing service. This means we have to pay special attention to dates when expens...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Health FSA , Medical Expense , IRS Code Section 1.125-6 , Substantiation , Incurred Date , FSA , Flexible Spending Account

Consumer Driven Health Care Activity on the Hill

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The House Ways and Means Committee marked up several bills mid-July that would raise contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and expand the allowable uses of these accounts, at a cost of $41 billion over ten years, the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimates. Collectively all the bills would cost an estimated $92 billion over the next ten years.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Accounts , FSA , Flexible Spending Account , OTC , Internal Revenue Code , Medicare and HSA eligibility , Premium Tax Credit , Medical Device Tax , Cadillac Tax , IRS , ACA , HDHP

Health Savings Account (HSA) Eligibility Rules

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HSAs continue to grow in popularity. So why doesn’t everyone open an HSA? To be HSA eligible, you must meet certain requirements. So exactly who is eligible to establish an HSA account and make an HSA contribution or have a contribution made on his/her behalf (e.g., by an employer)?
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Account , FSA , Flexible Spending Accout , HSA eligibility , IRS , Disqualifying coverage , Permitted Coverage , Minimum Deductible , Maximum OOP , 2019 HSA limits , 2018 HSA Limits

Form 5500 Filing Tips-Who, When, What, How

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The Form 5500 is an ERISA requirement for all health and welfare plans. All private sector employers, including corporations, s corporations, LLCs, sole proprietorship, partnerships, and non-profits that sponsor insured self-insured plans subject to ERISA have a filing requirement if they are large plans with 100 or more participants in the plan as of the first date of the plan year.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Form 5500 , IRS , EFAST2 , Wrap Plans , Health Care FSA , HRA , Insured Plans , 5500 Preparation , ERISA
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Special Enrollment Rights provide the ability to add an individual to a group health plan without regard to prior health history when certain events occur (i.e. loss of coverage, marriage, birth, adoption, placement for adoption).
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HIPAA , HIPAA Special Enrollment Rights , HCFSA , Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts , Change of Election
As the April 17th income tax deadline* quickly approaches, employees that participate in a cafeteria plan that includes employer sponsored health insurance, health care flexible spending accounts (HCFSA), dependent care flexible spending accounts (DCFSA) and health savings accounts (HSA) should keep a few things in mind.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , Tax Day , DCFSA , HCFSA , Dependent Care FSA , Health Care FSA , HSA , Health Savings Account , Form 8889 , Form 2441 , Form 1095-B , Form 1095-C , April 15th , April 17 , 2018 , Personal Tax Return
Earlier this month, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) co-authored H.R. 5138, the Bipartisan HSA Improvement Act. The proposed legislation would improve Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for millions of Americans The legislation is co-sponsored by Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Ron Kind (D-WI), Terri Sewell (D-AL), and Brain Fitzpatrick (R-PA).
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Accounts , Bipartisan HSA Improvement Act , Sen. Kelly , HR 5138 , Health Savings Act of 2017 , Sen. Hatch , FSA , HRA , S 403
EBRI has released the results of a 2017 survey on worker opinion on health care in the U.S.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care in General | Tags: EBRI , FSA , HRA , HSA , Health
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